By Oduyemi Odumade
The National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, says efforts are ongoing to rescue the remaining Eight Corps members and a driver, kidnapped in Zamfara state while on their way to orientation camp in Sokoto State.
The NYSC Director General,
Brigadier General Yushau Ahmed who disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Youths said the Corps has made contact with the bandits.
He said there is full synergy between the security agencies to ensure the speedy release of the corps members.
Brigadier General Ahmed also advised corps members to always avoid night travels.
The DG added that three of the corps members had earlier escaped from the kidnappers while one that was shot was released and is receiving treatment.
He also announced that there are plans to increase allowance of corps members but waiting for the increase in minimum wage by the federal government.
General Ahmed solicited the cooperation of the National Assembly for the NYSC Trust Fund which will enable the scheme to empower corps members after the compulsory one year national service.
The Chairman of the committee, Martins Esin, directed the Management of the NYSC to visit the families of the abducted Corps members within the next seven days.
While commending the DG for the steps taken so far, the committee chairman also urged the scheme to synergize with other intelligence outfits to ensure the safety of its members across the country.
He urged the NYSC to arrange a rehabilitation programme for the prospective corps members when released eventually.
A member from Akwa Ibom state, Clement Jimboh called for adequate transportation to be provided to convey prospective corps Members to the camps during orientation.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi